The Study of Massage Therapy

27 Feb The Study of Massage Therapy

In recent years, massage therapy has gained popularity not only as a luxury, but as a medical treatment for a multitude of conditions. Massage therapy is now recognized as an invaluable tool to boost a person’s overall health and wellness. According to The American Massage Therapy Association, almost three-quarters of practicing massage therapists say that they receive referrals from health care professionals. If you have been considering learning massage therapy for a career, now is the time to pursue your license!

Most states require certification or licensure of some type to practice massage therapy. Generally speaking, certification is given after passing either the state or national exam; the national exams are either the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination. Since regulations and requirements vary state-to-state, it is important to first check with the state board in the state in which you wish to practice before starting on your journey.

The Denver Integrative Massage School makes getting your license easy, affordable, and enjoyable. The 600-Hour Intensive Massage Program offers a unique learning experience unlike any other in the state. The program is separated into three segments of study:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology classes, conducted in both a classroom and online (250 hours). Each student will participate in rigorous study and come away with a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology. This includes terms, definitions, pathology, body systems, and an introduction to kinesiology; these classes will prepare the students for the national board exam, as well as give them a strong understanding of various massage techniques and possible diseases and concerns they will face as a massage therapist.
  1. Western and Thai Massage Application & Assessment (200 hours). The student will learn the true meaning of “the power of touch” and will appreciate the emotional, physical, psychological, and energetic benefits massage can offer both the client and the therapist. As a massage therapist, one of the most important aspects of the massage is the connection built between the therapist and client. This portion of the course also includes the study of proper techniques and body mechanics to help ensure the student learns the importance of rhythm and flow.
  1. Practicum/Clinic (150 hours). Students have the unique opportunity to work under direct supervision of a licensed massage therapist to practice and perfect the skills learned throughout the course. The clinic practicum gives students a chance to experience working with real clients who have real concerns; firsthand, hands-on practice is the best form of learning and is crucial to the success of a massage therapist.

The 600-hour massage program can be completed in a time-frame that is convenient for you. The course can be completed in as little as 6 months, or up to two years. Scheduling options are flexible – the goal of the program is to help you achieve your goal of becoming a licensed massage therapist on your terms. This course aims to give each student the skill set and knowledge to pass the exam in order to apply for a license and pave the way to a position as a massage therapist in a number of locations, from spas, to medical and wellness centers, to physical therapy clinics, to private practice.

Study to become a massage therapist today with the most comprehensive, hands-on course available at the Denver Integrative Massage School.